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Eswatini Lesotho 0.3M0.3M

21 Apr 2024

PEAK 2023/24 (OCTOBER 2023–MARCH 2024) DRIVERS OF THE CRISIS 2023–2024 PEAK 2023/24 (OCTOBER 2023–MARCH 2024) DRIVERS OF THE CRISIS 2023–2024 Economic shocks Household Weather extremes In 0.3M people or 24% purchasing power has been 0.3M people or BUTHA-BUTHE December 2022, heavy rains of the total population faced high HHOHHO constrained by limited economic 22% of the analysed LERIBE resulted in. [...] The high cost of mineral 2024 with a negative impact on period in 2022 when the peak Crisis (IPC Phase 3) during QACHA'S-NEK fertilizers in 2022 also led to reduced the 2022–23 lean season, agricultural production (IPC, figure reached 29 percent of MOHALE'SHOEK application which contributed to the analysed population in the SHISELWENI when households were September 2023). [...] A protracted major food crisis A lower-middle-income country, Eswatini has had at least 21 percent of its A protracted food crisis A lower-middle-income country, Lesotho has been included in all editions of the population facing high levels of acute food insecurity in each GRFC edition. [...] In 2016, it was affected by the GRFC and as a major food crisis five times due to the high share of people facing acute food insecurity, with 2015–16 El Niño-related drought. [...] Levels of high acute food insecurity peaked during the above) in eight years of reporting, at 366 000 – corresponding to 31 percent of the analysed population, driven by COVID-19 pandemic with 40 percent of the analysed population facing Crisis or worse between October 2020 and COVID-19-related income losses and high prices.
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